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Construction on new West Kelowna skatepark expected to start this month

Skatepark construction soon

Construction is expected to start this month on a new skatepark in West Kelowna, the first step in making space for the municipality's new city hall.

City council heard Tuesday that the Agricultural Land Commission has granted approval for the city to use a half-hectare portion of the site next to the Johnson-Bentley pool for a new skatepark.

The site historically was a settling pond for wastewater treatment and has been deemed unsuitable for agriculture.

The existing nearby skatepark is being demolished to make room for the forthcoming city hall building.

The skatepark contractor expects to start construction later this month, with completion of the project anticipated for August 2021.

“The timing of decommissioning the existing skatepark will be confirmed once the new skatepark has opened. This will include notifications to the public in advance of the closure and removal,” said Sandy Webster, director of corporate initiatives, in a report to council.

The city is preparing to dive into public consultation on the design of the new city hall, expected to run between June 14 and 27. The four-storey building will also host the Okanagan Regional Library and is being designed with input from the Westbank First Nation.

Most of the public engagement will be conducted online, but some in-person sessions are planned.

“It is anticipated that larger open houses would occur during the detailed design consultation phase later this summer subject to the orders of BC’s Chief Health Officer at the time,” Webster continued in her report. “This second round of consultation (detailed design) would reflect how preliminary design feedback has informed the detailed design, and together the city and ORL will seek more finite input that will help inform the final design.”



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